David Melson

Picturing the Past 139: Who owned this car?

Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 7:17 AM
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  • Don't have any information about the car, but there is a nice photo of the Belmont Esso Service Center on the Bedford County Tngenweb site. Go to that page, click on photos, then scroll down near the bottom of the page. The gentleman might like to add a copy of that photo to the "history" of his vehicle. Or maybe not.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 9:16 AM
  • Approximately 2/3rds of the way down the photos page which "ilikeoldsongs" mentioned is the following statement "Several photos of Shelbyville provided by David Lacy. He reports the Esso station was operated for several years by his grandfather, John Edward Potts and his son Thomas Potts." Hopefully this is pertinent info.

    -- Posted by flungpooh on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 10:37 AM
  • I got several phone calls over the past week indicating the car was owned by a Charles Jeffries. I was told that the car had been brought here from Indiana, California or from Europe after Jefferies' World War II service (three different versions of the story)and was maroon when first seen locally. Supposedly the car was run pretty hard and one caller remembered Jefferies spent a lot of time working on it at a Deery Street warehouse. It was already considered a collector's item at that time.

    No new Picturing the Past this week (Dec. 20); my photos are on a temporarily out-of-order hard drive which will be repaired soon.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 3:05 PM
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